North Park Cabins & Park Models is proud to be a member of the
Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association.
What is RPTIA?
Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association, Inc. (RPTIA)
is an effective, nonprofit trade association that represents and
provides information and assistance to all segments of the
Park Trailer industry, agencies of government, members of the
media and product owners or potential owners.
The Association uses its resources to develop materials,
information and programs to keep members informed about
opportunities, to facilitate growth and to otherwise inform
them about potential problems so they can respond effectively.
Manufacturers Build to This Standard
Upon joining RPTIA, manufacturers are required to sign a
pledge that they will build Park Trailers that conform with the
A119.5 Standard. The pledge, in part, reads:
"We pledge to produce Park Trailers in compliance with the
ANSI Standard A119.5 and agree to allow initial and ongoing
unannounced inspections to verify our pledge. We understand
that membership in the association may be revoked or is
subject to disciplinary action following due process should the
manufacturer fail to achieve or maintain the required
conformance to the A 119.5 Standard."
Manufacturers Certification Of Compliance
Each Manufacturing member of RPTIA who meets the
requirements of this program is granted the right and privilege
to display the RPTIA Standards Seal. The seal is an external
recognition of the achievement that the manufacturers have
made in their commitment to maintain compliance to the
Standard. The seal is displayed, with pride, near the primary
entrance to the Park Trailer.
1. Park model, park home or park cabin?
The legal definition is "recreational park trailer". The primary concern of
meeting this definition is the limitation of 400 square feet of living space.
We do however, have the luxury of discretion on its design. Let us
build one for you!
2. How long have people been building these large seasonal units?
Park trailers, or park models, have been manufactured since the middle 70's.
The first park trailers were mainly sold in the southern states, mostly in Florida,
where there was a great demand for them.
3. Where can I put my recreational park trailer?
They can be located on your own land, or in existing campgrounds and resorts
around the United States. Contact your local zoning office to determine if your
land allows a travel trailer.
4. Is a recreational park trailer or cabin a permanent residence?
No. A park home is designed specifically for mobility and to use as temporary
5. If I can't place a park trailer on my property, can these be classified as a
Yes!! With some small changes we can provide you with a "manufactured
home". There may still be a minimum size limit, so again, check with your local
zoning office. Please call for information on our manufactured homes. Due to
the extensive nature of these plans we do not have them on our site at this
6. Do these park trailers come in various floor plans and sizes?
YES!! We have many standard floor plans available, ranging from single
bedroom units to loft multi-sleeper units. Each park model we sell can be
redesigned to suit the customer's personal needs ... and that's not something
every manufacturer can do! Most importantly, all of the park models we build
fall within the 400 sq. ft. rule which is the largest recreational vehicle allowed in
most campgrounds and there are no property taxes!
7. Property Tax Free?!
These are classified as a recreational park trailer (RV) and they do not become
permanent property unless you attach other permanent property to them. You
will need to contact your local zoning department for exact details. It will be
helpful to come prepared with as much information as possible and ask a lot of
questions. Recreational park trailers are relatively new to the Midwest and not
all zoning departments have experience with them. We certainly don't have all
the answers, but we'd be more than happy to help you find them. Just give us
8. If I purchase a park trailer that has a loft area, is the loft
area included in the maximum 400 sq. ft.?
No. Vertical multi-level additions, such as lofts (mezzanines), or overhead
storage with a maximum ceiling height of 5 feet are not included in the 400 sq.
ft allowed by law.
9. What can a loft be used for?
Since the maximum height of a loft is only 5 feet, the area is good for sleeping
or as a play area for children or grandchildren. It can also be used as a
storage area for miscellaneous items.
10. How many people can sleep in a park trailer or cabin?
Most units provide a master bedroom with additional space for 2 people on a
sofa bed in the living room. Loft units can accommodate 2-4 additional people.
11. Who will deliver my new park trailer?
We can deliver to the surrounding states via our own truck, or set up
delivery for farther destinations.
12. How long will it take from the time of my order to receive delivery
of my home?
It can take from 8-12 weeks to complete construction and deliver
your custom built park model, depending on your specifications. Order your
park model home as soon as possible so you can get it delivered exactly
when you need it!!